Hybrid SQL Server and Cost Savings on Microsoft Azure

Recently, Datapipe attended the 2017 Microsoft Cloud & Hosting Summit where we received a Most Innovative Data Platform Offering award. This award recognizes the partner who saw large consumption increase of SQL Enterprise and provides their customers with a full suite of data services on SQL Server. Datapipe was honored with this award because our all-up SQL consumption has increased 20% YoY and the consumption of SQL Enterprise among our customers has grown nearly 70%.

In light of this recognition, we wanted to delve into the benefits of Azure Hybrid SQL and the cost savings that it affords customers. Almost a year ago, Microsoft launched SQL Server 2016 for hybrid cloud databases to drive enterprise cloud-first strategies. This software was built with business analytics in mind and includes hybrid cloud capabilities that allow businesses to stretch their database workloads into Azure. SQL Server enables enterprises to build mission-critical, intelligent apps while using a scalable hybrid database that includes in-database analytics, in-memory performance, and end-to-end mobile business intelligence capabilities.

The amount of information businesses must store is growing, which is why Azure rolled out SQL Server Stretch Database as a companion service to SQL Server. The Stretch Database extends SQL Server capabilities by allowing customers to stretch cold data to Azure. Cold data is usually retained for business or compliance purposes for long periods of time.

As customers’ database workloads grow, SQL Server offers nearly bottomless capacity to accommodate these types of inactive data that businesses rarely use or access. This reduces the strain that certain workloads can create for on-premises servers, and the Stretch Database companion service can be used to cut down on data center storage costs.

SQL Server offers users easier workload mobility between data centers, private clouds, and Microsoft Azure, which ultimately provides enterprises mission-critical capabilities to achieve scale, security, availability, and high performance for data-heavy workloads.

Throughout the past year, Datapipe has increased its all-up Data Platform service offerings. You can learn more about Azure Hybrid Use Benefits here. Have questions or insight to share? Drop us a line on Twitter or Facebook.

Tim serves as a product marketing manager for Rackspace; previously, he served as a product manager at Datapipe. Tim has unique insight into the latest product developments for private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms and a keen understanding of industry trends and their impact on business development. Tim writes about a variety of topics including security and compliance, business strategy and Microsoft Azure.